Christopher A. Wray

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Christopher Wray
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Taking office
President Donald Trump
Deputy Andrew McCabe
Succeeding Andrew McCabe (Acting)
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Chertoff
Succeeded by Alice S. Fisher
Personal details
Born Christopher Asher Wray
(1966-12-17) December 17, 1966 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Garrison Howell (m. 1989)
Children 2
Education Yale University (BA, JD)

Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966)[1] is an American lawyer and the incoming Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division under the George W. Bush administration. From 2005 to 2017 he was a litigation partner with the law firm King & Spalding.[2] On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[3] He was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2017 with a vote of 92–5.[4]

Early life and education

Christopher Wray was born in New York City.[5] He attended the Buckley School in New York City and the private boarding school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.[6] In 1989, Wray graduated cum laude from Yale University, then earned his J.D. degree in 1992 at Yale Law School. While at Yale, Wray was the executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. Wray spent a year clerking for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[7]

Government service

Wray joined the government in 1997 as an assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2001, he moved to the Justice Department as associate Deputy Attorney General and principal associate Deputy Attorney General.[7]

In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.[8] Wray was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.[9] Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey. While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron.[7][10]

In 2005, Wray received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Justice Department's highest award for public service and leadership.[8]

Private law practice

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. and Atlanta offices. Wray represented several Fortune 100 companies and chaired the King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group.[2] During his time at King & Spalding, Wray acted as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.[11][12]

FBI Director nomination

On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing James Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9, 2017.[3] Trump interviewed Wray for the vacant FBI director job on May 30, 2017, according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer.[7]

Wray's senate confirmation hearing commenced on July 12, 2017.[13] Among other testimony, when asked if he believed that the investigation into Russian election interference and possible links to Trump's campaign is a "witch hunt", he stated that he did not.[14] On July 20, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to confirm Wray to be the next director of the FBI.[15] Wray was officially confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support on August 1, 2017; the vote was 92–5.[16]

Personal life

Wray married Helen Garrison Howell, a Yale classmate, in 1989.[6] They have two children and live in Georgia.[7] He is registered as a Republican.[17]


  1. "Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments" (PDF). Committee on the Judiciary. p. 849. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Christopher A Wray". King & Spalding. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Christopher A. Wray to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The White House. June 7, 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  4. "Senate confirms Wray as next FBI director". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  5. Gerstein, Josh (June 7, 2017). "5 things to know about Trump's FBI pick Christopher Wray". Politico. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Helen G. Howell Weds C. A. Wray". The New York Times. August 13, 1989. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Cleary, Tom (May 30, 2017). "Christopher Wray: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Christopher A. Wray". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  9. "PN705 — Christopher A. Wray — Department of Justice". U.S. Congress. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  10. Markham, Jerry W. (2015). A Financial History of Modern U.S. Corporate Scandals: From Enron to Reform: From Enron to Reform. Routledge. ISBN 9781317478157. 
  11. Brodesser-Akner, Claude (June 2, 2017). "What Christie says now that 2 of his Bridgegate lawyers could get big jobs from Trump". 
  12. McGeehan, Patrick (July 7, 2016). "Christie’s Phone, a Missing Piece in the Bridge Case, Is Found". The New York Times. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  13. Goldman, Adam. "What to Expect at the F.B.I. Nominee’s Confirmation Hearing". 
  14. Goldman, Adam; Schmidt, Michael S. (July 12, 2017). "Trump’s Nominee to Lead F.B.I. Pledges to Resist White House Pressure" – via 
  15. "Senate panel votes to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI director". USA Today. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  16. "Senate roll call vote PN 696". United States Senate. August 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  17. "Who is Christopher Wray? The Christie attorney named as Trump's FBI pick". 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Michael Chertoff
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
Succeeded by
Alice S. Fisher
Government offices
Preceded by
Andrew McCabe
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation